LAHORE - Dacoits on Tuesday went on rampage in provincial capital as more that two dozen incidents have been reported around the city making a mockery out of the Punjab Police.
Despite the set up over one hundred surprise-pickets across the City, the bandits continued armed attacks in different parts of city and escaping after collecting millions.
According to police sources, five gunmen barged into the house of Mahboob in the Factory Area police limits and snatching away cash, gold ornaments, and other valuables worth Rs600,000 after holding the inmates hostage at gunpoint. The victims told the police that gangsters tied up the family members with a rope and escaped after collecting cash and valuables.
Armed bandits stormed into the residence of Salman in the jurisdiction of Johar Town police and made off with cash, gold ornaments, and other valuables worth Rs550,000 at gunpoint. Gunmen also snatched cash and gold ornaments worth Rs300,000 at gunpoint from the residence of Munir in the limits of Barki police.
Robbers equipped with pistols forced entry into the house Muhammad Asghar in the Kahna police precincts and took away cash, gold ornaments, and other valuables worth Rs400,000 after holding the inmates’ hostage at gunpoint.
Gunmen riding on motorcycles held up families, passersby, and motorists in the Lower Mall, Batapur, Islampura, Iqbal Town, Manawan, Shahdara Town, Shafiqabad, Shadbagh, Muslim Town, and Mughalpura police limits and fled away after collecting cash and gold ornaments worth Rs one million.
Meanwhile, three cars were driven away from Gulberg, Chuhng and Gulshan-e-Iqbal police areas while eight motorcycles were either snatched or stolen away from Ravi Road, Shadbagh, Wahdat Colony, Samanabad, Ghaziabad, Township, Iqbal Town and Akbari Gate police limits.
On the other hand, the police have impounded hundreds of unregistered motorcycles while setting up pickets in different parts of the City.
According to officials, Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) DIG Amjad Javaid Slaeemi called on the Secretary Excise and Taxation Punjab Zahid Saeed to help resolve the problems being faced by the citizens on delay in the registration of motorcycles.
The police by setting up more than one 100 pickets in the city have launched a crackdown and the two-wheelers and hundreds of unregistered motorcycles have been seized during the last couple of days.
The police are also impounding motorcycles in case the motorcyclists fail to produce the documents of the vehicle at the picket.
Police also claimed that a large number of unregistered motorcycles had been impounded by the police during the crackdown.
According to a press release issued on Tuesday, the CCPO requested the Secretary Excise to set up additional booths or windows in the Excise and Taxation Office in order to simplify and accelerate the process of registration of applied for registration motorcycles. The secretary directed the excise director, Masoodul Haq, to evolve a strategy for simplifying and expediting the registration of the motorcycles with the cooperation of the City police. SSP Sharik Kamal is said to be the focal person of the police in this regard.
It was decided that a separate window would start functioning from Wednesday to help the citizens in registration of the motorcycles. The excise officials would be duty-bound to register such motorcycles within 48 hours. The citizens are directed to attach the police slip with their registration the file.